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Children play dress up at Calhoun Air Center (Video)

By Keldy Ortiz
Oct. 27, 2012 at 5:27 a.m.
Updated Oct. 28, 2012 at 5:28 a.m.

Dallas Sparks, 2, of Port Lavaca, paints a small pumpkin during the Monster Bash in  Port Lavaca. Pumpkins were for sale at the Monster Bash, which also featured a hay ride and a haunted house.

PORT LAVACA - Issac Davison, 5, was pulling his dad's arm because he was anxious to go inside the haunted house.

He showed no fear, but why would he? After all, vampires show no signs of emotion. But that quickly changed when he came out.

"I got scared by that guy inside," said Isaac, wearing a black cape, a necklace and fangs painted on his face, as he pointed at the entrance.

Issac wasn't the first kid, or the last, to get scared.

Others came in to see the haunted house, which included dark hallways, a graveyard and a man with his lower body cutoff while still being electrocuted. Kids participated in activities during the second annual Monster Bash on Saturday afternoon at Calhoun Air Center. Kids also had a chance to get a free airplane ride, courtesy of the Experimental Aircraft Association Victoria Chapter.

Some kids, however, were focused on proving they weren't afraid of anything.

Dressed as a soldier, Colton Herren, 8, led his sister, Caylee, 9, who was dressed as a mermaid, through the darkness that was the haunted house. When they came out, she smiled, while Colton did not.

"It was kinda creepy," said Colton, a Port Lavaca native, with green camouflage paint on his face.

Nearby, admiring all the kids go by in costumes was organizer Steve Plunkett.

"We're all really passionate about Halloween," said Plunkett, dressed up as Peter Pan without the tights. "The haunted houses and the airplanes are like the big things for us here. It's cool when we can combine letting kids ride (planes) for free."

Other events included painting pumpkins. Taking full advantage of the painting was 2-year-old Dallas Sparks. In his Spiderman outfit, he was brushing away at the pumpkin while his mother, Kristen, helped him with making sure it was fully colored.

"He's not doing any trick-or-treating this year, so we wanted to take him out," she said.

Joe Reyes Jr. said he is doing double duty this year. While Reyes said it was his second time coming to the event, he will also be taking his kids, Joe Reyes III, 4, and Anavli, 6, out for Halloween. They didn't dress up Saturday, but they will for Halloween. Joe III will be a dragon, and Anavli will be a vampire.

While Joe Reyes Jr. was busy with his kids Saturday and will be accompanying them on Halloween, he said he doesn't mind at all.

"It's a good way to spend quality time," he said.

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